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English P-words

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English P-words

P-words are prepositions and adverbs that no longer perform prepositional or adverbial functions including particles in phrasal verbs, quasi-modal verbs, and determiner phrases and infinitive markers. P-words are function words, which are words that perform definite grammatical functions but that lack definite lexical meaning.

Grammatical Form

Grammatical Form of English P-words explains the grammatical forms alongside which p-words function.

Grammatical Functions

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Grammatical Functions of English P-words explains the two grammatical functions of p-words in English grammar.

Using P-words as Particles exemplifies p-words performing the grammatical function of particle in phrasal verbs, quasi-modal verbs, and determiner phrases.

Using P-words as Infinitive Markers exemplifies p-words performing the grammatical function of infinitive marker in infinitive forms of verbs.

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cat. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

Grammatical Form of English P-words

Grammatical Form of English P-words

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